For the Love of Older Wood.
Yummies! I am becoming OBSESSED with all things mid century. I recently bought my first few mid century pieces – a conscious decision to start researching and investing in furniture that will last forever. I have fallen in love with the mid century era 50s-70s, G Plan, Ladderax, teak, and so on.
I know you will perhaps be reading this, thinking, really?! That old stuff I threw away decades ago, is now “in”? Well… yes! I have spent a long time really trying to find great pieces, travelling all over to visit second hand shops, and of course looking online on Vinterior (my new favourite online shop). So far I have a lamp, and a GORGEOUS side table/TV stand (above left). Can you believe you can purchase a hand made, solid and timeless wood 60’s sidetable for 20% of the price of the HEALS equivalent? The old lady that sent it to me also mentioned it was actually originally made not far from where I am living, and she was pleased it was “coming home”. How lovely, I love the idea of only ever being a custodian of furniture. I’m no Greta Thunberg, but I’ve also started becoming conscious about waste. Why buy an ugly new wooden item, when you can get such a characterful, well crafted older item that already exists and is looking for a home? As you may well be aware, I’m rather partial to a bit of older wood 😉 So my new journey of decorating my apartment suits me very well!
Still to buy: A record cabinet (I have a medium sized record collection), A Danish Ladderax shelving unit, a couple of mid century armchairs, and then one last chair for the bedroom – I’m thinking something more relaxed that can double up as (there’s no polite way of saying this…) sexual apparatus. So… A massive futon style chair (my favourites are by the brand De Sede, below left), or my dream – a Linge Roset Togo Chair with footstool (below right). I have made friends with a few furniture dealers who now send me emails every now and again when something comes in that they think I may like. It’s hard to put into the words the simple joy I get from this process. I love interiors and love aesthetics and making a space look good.
Although not possible with the space and resources I currently have, below are some examples of my dream home 🙂
William Morris said “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
Now if that isn’t an endorsement to invite me over, I don’t know what is! 😉